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3 Recipes For A Traditional Irish Dinner: Easy Version

Any of these three dinner recipes will be great to have on your table on St. Patrick's Day. They're all fairly easy to make that their original versions, but they still have the classic Irish taste that fits the celebration.

Pick one (or more) of these recipes and whip it up for dinner on Friday. Enjoy an Irish meal with your family with less the hassle and all the fun!


Traditional White Irish Soda Bread (Liz the Chef)

Ireland is known for its traditional soda bread. Though the rustic look and taste of this baked concoction looks fairly intimidating, it's actually not that hard to pull off. With just five ingredients, Liz the Chef's recipe for Traditional White Irish Soda Bread is definitely one for the books! 

"TIP: Don’t forget to gently shake your carton of buttermilk before pouring into a measuring cup, since the solids tend to settle."


  • ½ teaspoon unsalted butter and 1-2 tablespoons flour for preparing pan
  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¾ cup buttermilk

via Traditional White Irish Soda Bread (Liz the Chef)


Classic Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage (Pocket Exchange Gourmet)

Pocket Exchange Gourmet's recipe for Classic Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage is a great hearty dish that the whole family will surely love. Slow cooked and made with generous heaps of vegetables, this is one healthy recipe that will immerse your family in Irish culture.

"Beef Brisket is the cut of meat that is traditionally used to make Corned Beef and while it is a very delicious cut, it can be a finicky piece of meat to cook. When done to perfection there’s few better, when not, it can be tougher than shoe leather…as they say. Luckily you can buy beef brisket that is prepackaged with seasonings and almost ready for cooking."


  • Corned Beef Brisket, flat cut
  • Seasoning packet that comes with the brisket
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 head of cabbage, quartered
  • 1 pound package of carrots, peeled and chopped

via Classic Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage (Pocket Exchange Gourmet)


Easy Paleo Shepherd’s Pie (Paleo Grubs)

Ireland is known for its traditional shepherd's pie, a comfort food for many Irish and Irish-at-heart. This Easy Paleo Shepherd’s Pie from Paleo Grubs is a great, healthy recipe that replaces mashed potatoes with cauliflower puree. This is also a great St. Patrick's Day feast if you're trying to cut back on carbohydrates.

"I made my shepherd’s pie into individual serving sizes by dividing it up into ramekins. You could also put everything together in one large baking dish. The meat goes into the ramekins first, and then is topped with the cauliflower puree." 


For the top layer

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp ghee, melted
  • 1 tsp spicy Paleo mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, to garnish

For the bottom layer

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

via Easy Paleo Shepherd’s Pie (Paleo Grubs)


Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.


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